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The Gunslinger is the main antagonist of the 1973 film Westworld. He also appears briefly in the 1976 sequel Futureworld. Played By Yul Brynner, this foe is one of many robot attractions of Delos' Westworld resort.

Appearance and personality

The Gunslinger on the surface, looks like a tough cowboy, with a black hat covering his bald head. He wears a black shirt and pants covered by a black gun-belt with the holster on his right side. On closer inspection, The Gunslinger's eyes appear to have metallic silver pupils. With his facial cover removed, we can see that he has a special tube lined up to his mouth so that he can consume drinks without short circuiting.

The Gunslinger has two distinct personality traits. The first, being a snarky arrogant drunk who will goad any nearby humans into a gunfight. Later in the film he behaves as a cold, stubborn machine that won't stop until his opponent dies. On some level, he seems to enjoy killing humans - as shown when he kills John Blane in a duel and smirking at Peter when he challenges him next. It also seems he remembers every lost duel even before the malfunction; after his first fight he tracks down John and Peter in their hotel for a rematch.

History

Gunslinger Westworld bar

"Sloppy with your drink"

The Gunslinger is first introduced at a saloon Peter Martin and John Blane attend during their first day at Westworld. Upon walking in he deliberately nudges Peter, making him spill his whiskey shot, while Gunslinger pours his own. He then criticises him for being sloppy with his drink, to add insult to injury. After some goading from John, Peter challenges the Gunslinger to a duel and wins, prompting two other robots to drag The Gunslinger's bullet riddled body away for repair.

He appears a second time the morning after, confronting John at gunpoint while he is shaving. Peter who just got back to the hotel after a bath, kicks the door in shooting The Gunslinger out of their bedroom window, prompting the sheriff of Westworld to arrest him for murder.

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The Gunslinger succumbing to his damage.

The Gunslinger appears a third time, again in the morning to confront the two men. John, both hungover and unaware of the computer virus spread all over the resorts; decides to challenge the Gunslinger to a duel and is promptly shot and killed. The Gunslinger then challenges Peter, who runs away from him, beginning the chase. The Gunslinger nonchalantly, strolls in pursuit of Peter, trying to shoot him every chance he gets, while Peter gets his horse and flees. The Gunslinger also gives chase on his own horse prompting, Peter to try to lose him in the canyon's outside of Westworld. Peter tries to get the drop on him using his gun, but The Gunslinger, who could hear him breathing, manages to foil the surprise attack, causing Peter to ditch his gun and run. Peter comes across a Delos technician who warns him about the machines causing havoc and Peter tells him about the Gunslinger and how to evade him. Before the Technician can tell him more, The Gunslinger kills him and chases Peter into Roman World. Peter finds a sewer that leads him to Delos' inner workings and The Gunslinger follows him relentlessly. He shoots at Peter, but runs out of ammo. Peter hides among the deactivated robots and surprises Gunslinger by throwing acid into his face messing with his vision. Peter then leads the Gunslinger to Medievalworld, where he uses the torches to burn him. The Gunslinger appears one last time as a charred machine barely able to reach Peter before it gives out and collapses exploding in sparks.

Abilities

While The Gunslinger is similar to the other Delos robots, there are a few things he's capable of that separates him from the others.

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Peter seen through the Gunslinger's thermal vision

  • Thermal Vision: after his second fight with Peter, the technicians fit him with a thermal sensor to work in tandem with his regular vision. With it he can track humans down, by following the heat signature left behind by their footprints. When Peter throws acid in his face, it destroys his regular vision causing him to fully use thermal to compensate. The flaw is that it only senses heat so torches could throw off his vision.
  • Advanced Hearing: Along with his thermal vision, the technicians increased his hearing sensitivity allowing him to better hear noises most human ears can't from certain distances. This was used when Peter tried to ambush him, but The Gunslinger caught onto his vantage point by hearing him breathe.
  • Liquid Consumption: Unlike most androids who can't consume liquids without short circuiting. The Gunslinger is fitted with a tube like device behind his mouth so he could consume liquids, specifically whiskey to better play the part of a drunk arrogant gunfighter.

Weapons

The Gunslinger has been seen with the following:

  • Colt Single Action Army, Cavalry
  • Winchester Model 1873

Trivia

  • The Gunslinger's appearance was inspired by Yul Brynner's portrayal of "Chris Adams" in the film The Magnificent Seven
  • A Gunslinger-inspired robot named the Gunfighter (played by Alex Kubik) appears in Beyond Westworld.[1]
  • The Gunslinger can be briefly seen in the background in the episode "The Adversary" while Bernard is exploring Sub-Level B82.[2]

References

  1. Beyond Westworld (1980) DVD Review: ...Where EVERYTHING Went Worng!.
  2. Westworld producers on Maeve's heartbreaking tour, Elsie's fate.

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